A Cast of Killers

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Penguin Books, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
Forty years after the 1921 murder of distinguised silent film director William Desmond Taylor, another famed director, King Vidor, ferreted out Taylor's murderer. The full story of this sensational true crime can now be told in all its shocking details of sex, starlets, drugs, greed, passion and corruption.

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I am also a big movie fan - especially the classics - and find the early days in movie history an amazing time to read about. These movie pioneers were some fascinating characters! This infamous ... Read full review

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William Desmond Taylor's murderer was Mary Miles Minter's mother. Read full review


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Sidney Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A CAST OF KILLERS, TURNING THE TIDE, LORDS OF SIPAN, EDGAR CAYCE: AN AMERICAN PROPHET, and THE REVENGE OF THOMAS EAKINS. His documentary film, MY FATHER THE PRESIDENT, about Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, was a winner at the American Film Festival. HBO, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A & E Television Networks have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in "The New York Times", "Time" magazine, "The New Yorker", and "Playboy". He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.

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